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We’ve talked about some of the best foods for your teeth in the past. However, it is important to be conscious of your consumption of these particular foods and beverages, as they can be potentially harmful to your teeth. The more you know, the better equipped you are to make the right decisions for your oral health.
Find out which nine foods and drinks are the worst for your teeth and why.
Whether it’s hard, sticky, chewy, or sour, candy is one of the worst foods for your teeth. Most candy is bursting with refined sugar and artificial coloring. Candy also has no nutritional value. Regularly eating candy can contribute to cavities, enamel erosion, and dental emergencies. If you are going to indulge in a sweet treat, make sure you brush your teeth afterward.
Out of all the types of candies, chocolate, especially dark chocolate is the least damaging. Chocolate washes off of teeth easier than sticky candies. Dark chocolate has some nutritional value as well; it is high in antioxidants.
You might think dried fruit is healthy because it is fruit, but it can pose a threat to your teeth. Dried fruit is high in sugar, and due to its stickiness, it can be hard to get off of your teeth. Be extra careful if you have any fillings, crowns, or wires in your mouth.
Mints and Gum
Chewing gum or sucking on a mint is like chewing or sucking sugar. Opt for sugar-free gum or mints to avoid putting your teeth in harm’s way.
Carbonated drinks contain phosphoric and citric acid, both of which erode the protective enamel on your teeth. When the enamel on your teeth is compromised, you become more prone to cavities, chips, and cracks in your teeth. Plus, carbonated sodas are very high in sugar.
While sports drinks are great at quickly rehydrating your body after intense physical activity, they contain a lot of sugar. If you are going to drink or eat anything that has a high sugar content make sure that you brush your teeth afterward.
Alcohol is high in sugar. Regular and excessive alcohol consumption can also reduce your saliva production, which can then increase your chances of tooth decay and other oral infections. Heavy alcohol consumption also increases your chances of developing oral cancer. If you are going to drink alcohol, make sure you also drink plenty of water and always brush your teeth before bedtime.
While citrus such as oranges and grapefruit are high in vitamin C, the acidity of this type of fruit can also erode enamel, making teeth more susceptible to decay. As with many of these potentially harmful foods and beverages, as long as you consume them in moderation, drink plenty of water, and keep up with brushing and flossing your teeth, you can enjoy these treats without worrying about permanent damage to your teeth.
Due to the high level of tannis, regularly drinking black tea can lead to tooth discoloration. If you are going to drink tea, lighter teas like green tea are a better option.
Starchy foods like potato chips and bread can easily get stuck between your teeth. Make sure that you floss your teeth after eating starchy foods to avoid a plaque build-up and permanent damage to your teeth.
While you don’t necessarily need to give up these foods and drinks entirely, if you are going to enjoy them, do so in moderation, brush your teeth afterward, floss twice a day, and drink at least two liters of water to help keep your teeth strong and healthy.
At Parker Dentistry Facial Rejuvenation and Wellness, we are experts in helping you to put your best face forward. Our expertise extends beyond your teeth and gums though. We like to look at the big picture when it comes to the health of your mouth, especially since it is the gateway to your internal body. We know that nutrition plays a significant role in our comprehensive health and the same is true for the health of your teeth, gums, lips, and face.
There are certain vitamins that greatly contribute to the health of your face (eyes, skin, lips, teeth, gums, and tongue). Did you know that 92% of Americans have a deficiency in one or more vitamins according to The BioStation. According to the Center for Disease Control and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, 7 out of 10 Americans are deficient in calcium; 8 out of 10 are deficient in vitamin E; 50 percent are deficient in vitamin A and vitamin C, and 50% are deficient in vitamin D.
Calcium, vitamin A, vitamin C, and vitamin D happen to be the four essential vitamins that your teeth, gums, lips, and skin crave the most. These particular vitamins are vital to maintaining the health, appearance, and resiliency of your smile maker. Between the ultraviolet rays from the sun and other free radicals that are constantly bombarding our body, it is crucial that we supply our body with the right nutrients to protect itself.
These vitamins are also amazing anti-aging advocates! Maintaining a diet that is rich in these essential nutrients and incorporating Juice Plus+ into your daily routine is a surefire way to support your teeth, gums, lips, and face.
Add the following foods to your weekly diet:
As you can see, many of these nutrient-dense foods are fruits, vegetables, and nuts. Maintaining a predominantly plant-based diet is not only an easy way to get your vitamins, but it’s also an earth-friendly way to eat.
While our intentions might be good, sometimes life gets in the way of us eating enough fruits and vegetables every single day. Our diet might not always be exactly what our bodies need and that’s okay, no one is perfect. Some days we might eat enough fruit, but not enough vegetables, or vice versa. But what if there was a way to get eleven essential vegetables (including two grains and one fruit) in your body in a matter of seconds and with next to no effort other than putting two capsules in your hand, moving your hand to your mouth, and swallowing?
Juice Plus’s Garden Blend is just that. The Garden Blend contains broccoli, parsley, tomato, carrot, garlic, beet, spinach, cabbage, oat bran, rice bran, and kale. Are you eating all of that daily? These powerhouse vegetables, fruits, and grains have extraordinary benefits to your body. While taking Juice Plus+ doesn’t mean that you can skip eating fruits and vegetables all together, it does help supplement your diet and help make sure that your body is getting all of the vitamins and nutrients that it needs.
Your diet is one of the most important factors that plays into your overall health and wellness. It is something that we have complete control over yet many of us have a diet that is lacking in some of the essentials. What you put into your body affects every part of your body, and same goes for what you don’t put into your body. In combination with the Orchid Blend, you can add the vitamins and nutrients from 30 fruits, vegetables, and grains to your daily diet with no more thought than just remembering to take it.
Here are some of the health benefits a few of the key vegetables in the Garden Blend reward your body when ingested.
Broccoli: (A Parker family favorite) is an excellent source of vitamin C and K, folic acid, and potassium. The nutrients in broccoli are key for supporting collagen production, bone health, and your immune system. Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that helps to fight free radicals, which damage the body and contribute to early signs of aging.
Spinach: (A true superfood) is loaded with zinc, protein, fiber, vitamins A, C, E, K, thiamin, vitamin B6, folate, calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorous, potassium, copper, and manganese. Spinach is especially good for your skin and teeth!
Kale: (A hearty dark green) is high in iron, vitamins A, C, K, antioxidants, and calcium. Kale also promotes cardiovascular health and has amazing anti-inflammatory properties. Remember, inflammation is the root of most chronic diseases.
Garlic: (Safe guards you from vampires) has been linked to reducing blood pressure, risk of cardiovascular disease, high cholesterol, certain cancers, and even the common cold.
Beets: (You definitely want this in your daily diet) are full of essential minerals that are important for healthy nerve and muscle function, as well as promoting healthy bones, liver, kidneys, and pancreas. Beets are also very high in antioxidants and beneficial to your immune system.
If you’d like to learn more about Juice Plus’s Garden Blend, talk to Dr. Blake or Honi. Remember, you are what you eat!
March is National Nutrition Month. To celebrate this important facet of our lives, we thought it was valuable to share this month a wealth of information about how diet and nutrition play a major role in your present and future health, how your diet affects your teeth and oral health, how small changes in diet can make monumental differences in your overall wellbeing, and what are some superfoods that you should be consuming on the regular. We want this month to inspire a movement toward eating “real food.”
The saying “you are what you eat” couldn’t be any truer. The way we treat and fuel our bodies is a determining factor as to how our bodies will treat us back. There are certain foods that promote anti-inflammation (remember, chronic inflammation is the main cause of most chronic maladies), help strengthen your bones, heart, and other bodily systems, improve your immune system, boost your energy level, and even make your skin glow, your hair shine, and your teeth sparkle.
Modern medicine often focuses predominantly on curing diseases and aliments, while nutrition can actually be used to prevent diseases from occurring in the first place or lessen the symptoms and effects of chronic issues. It’s truly amazing the power of a good diet! It is also amazing how easy eating a good diet can be. Sometimes we just need someone to show us the way though. That is what this month is for.
The combination of a clean and balanced diet, regular exercise, sufficient daily water intake, and seven to nine hours of sleep a night can make you feel like a super human! Add in Juice Plus+ to your routine and you will probably have never felt better. As we’ve discussed in previous posts, maintaining good health is about being proactive. Part of being proactive also includes diet and nutrition.
Stay tuned this month to learn all about how you can transform your diet to help you get in the best shape and health of your life. As with most things relating to health and wellness, little changes can make monumental differences.
Here are some quick tips to keep in the back of your mind and to put into place as we proceed with the happy holiday season.
- Get plenty of sleep. This time of the year might be a busy one, which is all the more reason to get in a solid 7-9 hours of sleep a night. Your mind and body needs 7-9 hours of sleep every day and all year long!
- Drink at least half your weight (in ounces) in water everyday. If you weigh 140 pounds, you should be guzzling down at least 70 ounces of water. Staying hydrated will not only give your skin a beautiful radiant glow, it will also keep your energy levels up and your appetite in check. We often confuse hunger with thirst.
- Drink a glass of water between each adult beverage that you have. This will help you ward off a wicked hangover in the morning. Hydration is key! Enjoy the bubbles and eggnog in moderation; it’s a long season.
- Don’t skip meals. Skipping meals is not a wise way to try and keep off the pounds this season. When you skip meals, you are more likely to overeat later in the day or make poor food choices.
- Snack wisely. Save your indulgences for those special meals and special treats. Stock your pantry and refrigerator with healthy snacks, like cut up veggies, hummus, and fruit. It is also a good idea to throw some almonds or a granola bar in your bag so you aren’t tempted to snack on high calorie, high fat, high sugar, fast food type snacks when you are out and about.
- Eat mindfully. When you do treat yourself to your holiday favorites, slow down and savor every bite, taste, smell, and texture.
- Put your fork down. Between each bite, rest your fork on your plate while you mindfully chew. This will encourage you to slow down and also eat less because you will be giving yourself time to recognize that you are full instead of overdoing it and feeling stuffed.
- Go to parties to celebrate and socialize, not pig out. If you are asked to bring a holiday dish, bring a healhy one.
- Stick to your regular exercise routine. Your health and wellness should always be a top priority and the holiday season isn’t the time to throw all of that out of the window. Continuing to exercise regularly will help keep your energy level and mood high, your stress level low, and your metabolism cranking away.
- Realize that it’s okay to say no. You can say no to the extra slice of pie that is being pushed your way. You can say no to a holiday party. You can say no to a gift exchange. You can say no to anything you want. Oftentimes, we say yes to everything during the holiday season and then end up not being able to truly enjoy the things that are most important to us. Recognize your priorities and stick to them.
- And lastly, enjoy every single moment.
Thank you for sharing a smile with us this week!